Another Week in Europe

You know things are going badly for sales of DS games in Europe when Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games doesn't get a look-in in most European charts.

The launch of numerous big titles in the last few weeks (Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, Mario Kart Wii, Wii Fit, and now Grand Theft Auto IV) has seen more and more software for the handheld slide ominously down the charts, and this week only the two Brain Training games register consistently high positions.

So hey, we figure that the DS needs a hero to save it. Somebody who's smart and savvy. Somebody who won't stand down, even in the face of immeasurable odds. Ladies and gentlemen, we present you with Apollo Justice, ace attorney and star of next week's DS releases. Series continuity be damned, we want a high position for this! Spin past the break for lots of European chartage.

United Kingdom
(Week ending May 3rd)

01. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
02. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
03. (01) Wii Fit (Wii)
04. (10) Wii Play (Wii)
05. (02) Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
06. (03) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
07. (04) Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3)
08. (05) Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
09. (07) Game Party (Wii)
10. (16) Wii Play (Wii)

Ireland (Week ending May 3rd)

01. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (360, PS3)
02. (01) Wii Fit (Wii)
03. (02) Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
04. (04) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii, NDS)
05. (03) Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
06. (07) Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP, NDS)
07. (05) New Super Mario Bros. (NDS)
08. (06) Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3)
09. (11) Wii Play (Wii)
10. (09) FIFA 08 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP, NDS)

Netherlands (Week ending May 3rd)

01. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
02. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
03. (__) Wii Fit (Wii)
04. (01) Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
05. (02) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (NDS)
06. (03) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
07. (06) Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
08. (05) My Word Coach (NDS)
09. (09) Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3)
10. (10) More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima (NDS)

Germany (Week 18, 2008)

01. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
02. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
03. (01) Wii Fit (Wii)
04. (02) Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
05. (03) Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
06. (04) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (NDS)
07. (05) Mario Kart DS (NDS)
08. (__) SingStar Summer Party (PS2)
09. (06) More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima (NDS)
10. (07) New Super Mario Bros. (NDS)

Spain (Week 18, 2008)

01 (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
02 (01) Wii Fit (Wii)
03 (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
04 (02) Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
05 (08) Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
06 (09) More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima (NDS)
07 (03) Wii Play (Wii)
08 (__) Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (PS3)
09 (05) Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PSP)
10 (__) Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (360)

Sweden (Week 18, 2008)

01. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
02. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
03. (01) Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
04. (02) Wii Fit (Wii)
05. (03) Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PS2)
06. (04) The Sims 2: Kitchen and Bathroom (PC)
07. (__) SingStar Summer Party (PS2)
08. (06) SingStar Svenska hits Schlager (PS2)
09. (05) World of Warcraft (PC)
10. (08) Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii)

Denmark (Week ending May 3rd)

01. (__) Grand Theft Auto IV (360, PS3)
02. (14) Wii Fit (Wii)
03. (01) The Sims 2: Kitchen and Bathroom (PC)
04. (02) Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3)
05. (03) Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC)
06. (08) FIFA 08 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP, NDS)
07. (__) UEFA Euro 2008 (360, PS3, PS2, PC, PSP)
08. (09) Counter-Strike: Source (PC)
09. (__) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
10. (12) Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

Read: English, Irish, and Danish chart data
Read: Dutch chart data
Read: German and Spanish chart data
Read: Swedish chart data

Featuring charts from across the region, Another Week in Europe documents the buying habits and quirky tastes of a whole continent of DS lovers.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.